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Mariners Moose Tracks, 8/20/17: Nelson Cruz, Mitch Haniger, Rafael Devers, Mike Trout, and Budda Baker

Sunday fun day

Seattle Mariners v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images

How about those Mariners? After losing five games in a row, they have a chance to win five in a row with a victory today against the Rays. They’re only a half game back from the Angels and the Twins, while the Rangers and Royals are a game and a half back. I compiled some links to take your mind off of the tense wild card race. Enjoy.

In Mariners News...

  • Nelson Cruz hits baseballs very hard.
  • His homer yesterday put him at 31 dingers and 100 RBI. He’s been on a tear lately to reach those numbers.
  • Mitch Haniger hit a grand slam in his first game back from the disabled list.

Mariners Minors...

  • Max Povse started for the Rainiers last night, striking out seven in just under five innings.
  • Donny Walton slapped three doubles for the Modesto Nuts in a 9-4 victory.
  • The AZL Mariners lost, but Tommy Romero and Ryan Costello assembled some pretty incredible stat lines.

Around the League...

  • Rafael Devers is younger than me, and is putting together a record-setting start of his career.
  • Mike Trout became the third player to have six 25-homer seasons before age 26. The other two players to do it are in the Hall of Fame.
  • Mike Moustakas is about to break a Royals’ franchise record for most home runs in a season.
  • The Dodgers just won their 13th interleague game in a row, a record they now share with the 2004 Rays and 2006 Red Sox.
  • Speaking of the Dodgers, they are now on pace to win the most games in league history.
  • Craig Edwards of FanGraphs analyzes Marcus Stroman and his success over the past two seasons.
  • The Blue Jays added starting pitcher Tom Koehler.

Luke’s Pick...

  • Former Washington Husky defensive back Budda Baker even makes standing up look exciting.